Technical Specialist / Grants Manager - Uganda

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 July 2019

Job Description


Abt Associates, a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the field of international development, seeks qualified candidates for an expected USAID-funded Agricultural Systems and Institutional Strengthening project in Uganda. The objective of the program is to put Ugandan institutions on a true path to self-reliance and autonomy by improving their internal abilities to self-assess pain points and take intentional steps to make improvements. The program will work with both the public sector and private APEX organizations, improving business practices, enhancing relationship management, supporting institutional reorganization, etc.

The Grants Manager will work under the supervision of the Director of Finance and Administration. She/he will manage the project’s grants program, assuring compliance with USAID regulations and generally accepted standards, laws, and administrative policies.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work with the project’s technical staff to define scopes of work for grantees to support Agricultural Systems and Institutional Strengthening project objectives
  • Conduct grants solicitation and advertisements; design and prepare grant review guidelines for evaluators, including scoring formats
  • Convene grant committee meetings; participate in negotiations with applicants, prepare the negotiation memoranda and awards
  • Oversee grant administration, compliance and implementation procedures, and ensure compliance with USAID procurement regulations and local laws
  • Develop and implement a grant tracking system to ensure the timely and correct execution of all grant agreements
  • Collaborate with the monitoring, evaluation and learning team to obtain required monitoring data and to support ongoing learning
  • Make periodic visits to the organizations and institutions that are executing projects supported by grant funds
  • Review grantees invoices and ensure that all payment requests are supported and justified by appropriate documentation
  • Facilitate the technical approval and payment of grantees
  • Organize/provide ongoing support and training to strengthen grantee financial, management, and governance systems, as well as operational policies and manuals
  • Ensure a successful and compliant close-out of grant activities
  • Other duties may be assigned

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s Degree preferred) and at least four years of experience managing USAID grants
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills, problem-solving ability and able to exercise good judgment
  • Ugandan national preferred

Minimum Qualifications

  • (6+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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